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OECD launches BEPS Action Plan

The OECD has released its "Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting" (BEPS), offering a global roadmap that will allow governments to collect the tax revenue they need to serve their citizens. 

Bahamas Financial Services Board
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

19/07/13 – The OECD has released its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS), offering a global roadmap that will allow governments to collect the tax revenue they need to serve their citizens. It also gives businesses the certainty they need to invest and grow. The Report reportedly was produced at the request of the G20 and introduced at the recent G20 Finance Ministers’ meeting in Moscow. It identifies 15 specific actions that will give governments the domestic and international instruments to prevent corporations from paying little or no taxes.

“This Action Plan, which we will roll out over the coming two years, marks a turning point in the history of international tax co-operation. It will allow countries to draw up the co-ordinated, comprehensive and transparent standards they need to prevent BEPS,” said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría. “International tax rules, many of them dating from the 1920s, ensure that businesses don’t pay taxes in two countries – double taxation. This is laudable, but unfortunately these rules are now being abused to permit double non-taxation. The Action Plan aims to remedy this, so multinationals also pay their fair share of taxes.”

The actions outlined in the plan will be delivered in the coming 18 to 24 months by the joint OECD/G20 BEPS Project, which involves all OECD members and G20 countries on an equal footing. To ensure that the actions can be implemented quickly, a multilateral instrument will also be developed for interested countries to amend their existing network of bilateral treaties.

clearSource: Bahamas Financial Services Board.

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